Ithra Art Prize winner: Fahad bin Naif

Fahad bin Naif has been named by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and Art Dubai as the winner of the third Ithra Art Prize. The Prize aims to promote the work of Saudi contemporary artists “on a […]


RIBA opens an office in Sharjah

RIBA – the Royal Institute of British Architects, one of the oldest and best-respected professional associations for architects – has just opened its first office in the GCC (and only its second international office anywhere: there’s another planned for Shanghai). […]


Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


Design and crafts support programme by Expo 2020

UPDATED A newly launched Expo 2020 Design and Crafts Programme will offer “creative, technical and economic support” to “local brands and emerging talents” in the UAE. According to the press statement released during Dubai Design Week, “the UAE’s creative scene […]


A cultural free zone for Al Quoz

Dubai Culture has announced the implementation of the first phase of a large redevelopment plan for Al Quoz that formalises the Alserkal Avenue area as the centre of a new creative free zone “to attract both regional and international audiences […]


Taken with a pinch of salt: the Audi Innovation Award winner

The 2019 Audi Innovation Award for the Middle East was presented to Amman-based design studio Twelve Degrees at the opening of Dubai Design Week. Simplification was this year’s theme, and Twelve Degrees came up with a beautifully simplified dispenser for […]